Historic Downtown Mount Dora Building Goes Solar with Optimus

Surveying the roof at 402 Donnelly

Surveying the roof at 402 Donnelly

Beginning the Solar PV installation on 402 Donnelly. Lake Dora in the background.

Beginning the Solar PV installation on 402 Donnelly. Lake Dora in the background.

The Optimus Solar team has spent the past few weeks prepping for and are excited to get working on a new commercial solar install in historic downtown Mount Dora. The building, located at the corner of 4th and Donnelly (402 Donnelly), was built in 1914 and is home to several iconic Mount Dora shops and eateries. The historic yellow brick building will now feature a 36kW solar energy system, which will offset a significant portion of the building’s energy consumption. The panels are being installed now and the system will begin producing power this month. Stay tuned for updates!

UPDATE: 8/8/19

The 402 Donnelly building is about halfway through the installation process and looking great! We can’t wait to flip the switch on this project. Check out some of the progress below.

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Optimus Solar Opens New Net Zero Mount Dora Headquarters

 
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We are thrilled to announce that Optimus Solar has moved into our new headquarters in Mount Dora. The building, located at 1107 Robie Avenue just outside of the historic downtown area, was previously used as a warehouse. We have been working hard to convert the space into a Net Zero building and will have all of the renovations, including solar and three ChargePoint EV charging stations, installed and completed by mid-June. We are thrilled to be able to operate out of a Net Zero space in Mount Dora. We love doing business in Lake County and enjoy many of the amenities that Mount Dora has to offer. As we transition into our new Net Zero office building, it provides a good opportunity to share the powerful financial benefits to a commercial solar owner, and the multiplier benefits to the Florida community at large.

For system owners, solar provides a rate of return superior to many other investment products and allows them to ‘bet on themselves’ rather than 3rd-party investments.  For tenants, it allows a reduced overall cost of rent, and the PR benefits of doing business in a green building. The solar energy system we are installing on our building is large enough to offset the electrical use of Optimus Solar as well as our co-tenant in the building.  The 16.8kW system will give an owner rate of return of about 14% per year for the 30-year life of the system and will have an ROI of five years. The City of Mount Dora is a very friendly environment for solar energy customers, with an easy-to-work-with electric department. 

 Solar Energy is not only environmentally friendly, when planned and implemented properly, it retains funds in the Florida economy, providing a multiplier effect for households and businesses.   For an example, our system uses $10,000 in Florida-manufactured solar equipment and $12,400 of local labor, including electrical, installation, and engineering. 

 We look forward to welcoming guests, partners, employees and clients at the new location, and working with our growing commercial client-base to ensure owners are maximizing their long-term investment opportunities, while realizing powerful tax credits today.

UPDATE: Net Zero Housing Project Breaks Ground in Mount Dora

Architectural rendering of completed net zero units.

Architectural rendering of completed net zero units.

The project broke ground on April 29th and is on schedule to be completed later this year.

The project broke ground on April 29th and is on schedule to be completed later this year.

The Optimus Solar team is excited to announce that we have broken ground on our Net Zero housing project! Located on Parrotte Court and within walking distance of the restaurants and parks of historic downtown Mount Dora, these two units are the first 100% solar-powered rental units in Mount Dora. Fully equipped with electric vehicle charging, home automation and available to rent as “all-in” homes, these units remove the normal hassles of monthly bill paying, deposits, grass cutting, etc. 

As Mount Dora continues to experience economic growth and municipal expansion, and as more young professionals move to the area, we hope that this project will be a prototype that successfully matches the housing market to the modern job market, which is more fluid, mobile, and environmentally conscious than ever before. 

Hegstrom Homes began construction on these custom units last week. They will be powered by SolarTech Universal solar panels, manufactured in Florida.  When paired with a fully electric vehicle, these homes will provide 100% of their electricity and 100% of their resident’s fuel from the sun, saving the average person more than $2,400 per year!*  

Construction is expected to take 6 months.

*Savings based on $100 per month in gas savings and $100 per month in electricity savings.